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Weather: Advice is issued ahead of plummeting temperatures

PUBLISHED: 17:06 15 January 2013 | UPDATED: 17:06 15 January 2013

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Snow scene at 1600 hrs

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MOTORISTS have been urged to take extra care as temperatures are set to drop to around -6/7 tonight.

Phil Garner, a forecaster with Weatherquest, said the ice and frost would be “potentially treacherous” tonight, adding people should take it very carefully.

Between midnight and 9am this morning Suffolk police took 49 calls about traffic-related incidents, many involving minor collisions or vehicles coming off the roads.

With temperatures set to dip again overnight and the potential for further snowfall police would like to remind drivers to take precautions and ensure your journey is safe.

Motorists are advised to make sure all car lights are working, that dirt, salt and snow is cleared away from light fixtures, that all windows are fully cleared of snow, frost and condensation before setting off on a journey and the top of your car is clear from snow.

People are also asked to keep windscreen washer fluid topped up, to make sure you have sufficient fuel for your journey, a fully-charged mobile phone and to give yourself extra time and drive at a sensible speed, leaving appropriate distances between yourself and other road users.

If you get stuck in the snow police say stay with your car, but in an emergency if you do need to leave it, park it out of main traffic routes where it will not cause an obstruction when conditions ease and leave a contact number on the inside of the windscreen.

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